I have a long-standing interest in human strengths and work as a Research Fellow at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham. I undertook my doctorate, a critical interdisciplinary evaluation of positive psychological approaches to strengths and virtues, at Queens’ College, Cambridge (2011).
The current focus of my interest is the conceptual and empirical relationships between the virtues of gratitude, generosity, forgiveness, humility and compassion. For my empirical research, I designed two five-week interventions to promote compassion and gratitude in UK secondary schools. Since joining the Jubilee Centre in 2012, my conceptual and empirical work has been published in a range of journals across academic disciplines.
I have given a number of invited presentations internationally to both academic and lay audiences. I am passionate about communicating research in an accessible and engaging way to a wide and popular audience.